Sea and Smoke Courtesy Matt Hanna

Cook Like a Local

With everything from ambitious recipes out of the San Juan Islands to signature cocktails from one of Seattle’s most celebrated bars, these Northwest-centric cookbooks will have you eating (and drinking) like a locavore. 

Lark: Cooking Wild in the Northwest Courtesy Matt Hanna

Lark: Cooking Wild in the Northwest 

James Beard chef John Sundstrom’s cookbook tells the story of his restaurant, Lark, with dishes spanning chanterelles to octopus. The book pays homage to the region with more than 100 recipes rooted in native ingredients.

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The Canon Cocktail Book Courtesy Matt Hanna

The Canon Cocktail Book 

Peek behind the glass at Canon, a legendary whiskey bar with the Western hemisphere’s largest collection of spirits. With recipes for signature drinks and syrups, this is the book for armchair mixologists.

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A Boat, A Whale & A Walrus Courtesy Matt Hanna

A Boat, A Whale & A Walrus 

An ode to the bounty of the Northwest, the debut cookbook of local shellfish doyenne Renee Erickson shares largely approachable seasonal recipes interspersed with personal anecdotes, many arranged in menu form.

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Theo Chocolate Courtesy Matt Hanna

Theo Chocolate 

The recipes in fair-trade cocoa pioneer Theo Chocolate’s cookbook range from classic brownies to chocolate horchata, with notes on techniques like tasting and tempering. While most of the book is devoted to sweets, two chapters highlight savory dishes.

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Sea and Smoke Courtesy Matt Hanna

Sea and Smoke

This unconventional travelogue follows James Beard Award–winning chef Blaine Wetzel to his restaurant at The Willows Inn on Lummi Island. Essays document everything from relationships with the island’s farmers to the inspiration behind Wetzel’s recipes.

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Big Food Big Love Courtesy Matt Hanna

Big Food Big Love 

With homey recipes like buttermilk fried chicken, this decidedly down-home cookbook comes from Heather Earnhardt, owner and chef of Southern establishment The Wandering Goose. The comfort-food dishes are made for hearty portions.

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